How does OSHA protect workers?
In 1970, the United States enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as part of the United States Department of Labor in an effort to reduce workplace hazards and to set standardized safety precautions to assure a worker’s safety.
Unfortunately, some workplaces are more dangerous than others. In the New York City tri-state area, construction sites are plentiful and if you’ve been following the news, it is not uncommon to hear of an accident occurring at a construction site. While often these are true accidents, unavoidable events that happen outside of the control of anyone, humans sometimes do play a role. And humans are human, and humans make mistakes at times.
Workers’ compensation is used when someone is injured at work and misses time at work due to his or her injury or illness. It could be something relatively minor like a broken bone or strained limb or back, or it could be something much more serious like a spine or brain injury. Regardless of the injury, if an extended amount of time at work is lost, a worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation to pay for not just the lost wages, but possibly medical expenses and rehabilitation costs as well.
You may wish to speak with a legal professional familiar with workers’ compensation to see whether you are entitled to it, and how to proceed and make certain that you receive what you should and that your rights are not violated.
Source: findlaw.com, “OSHA and Construction Workers’ Right to a Safe Workplace,” Accessed Jan. 2, 2017